„Letzte Woche war besser.“
A mere vapor. His speech is empty, without substance or content.
His use of language, accordingly, does not contribute to the purpose it purports to serve. No more information is communicated
than if the speaker had merely exhaled. There are similarities between hot air and excrement, incidentally, which make hot air
seem an especially suitable equivalent for bullshit. Just as hot air is speech that has been emptied of all informative content,
so excrement is matter from which everything nutritive has been removed. Excrement may be regarded as the corpse of nourishment,
what remains when the vital elements in food have been exhausted. In this respect, excrement is a representation of death
which we ourselves produce and which, indeed, we cannot help producing in the very process of maintaining our lives.
Perhaps it is for making death so intimate that we find excrement so repulsive.
In any event, it cannot serve the purposes of sustenance, any more than hot air can serve those of communication.
-Harry Frankfurt, on